GREAT FALLS — Harald Frey scored the first six points of overtime as Montana State opened the men's basketball season with an 89-80 nonconference victory over Omaha on Friday.
It is MSU's first season-opening win since 2003.
Frey scored 12 of his team-high 29 points — also a career-high — in overtime. Guard Tyler Hall scored 19 for the Bobcats.
Omaha had a final possession in regulation to win it with the score 68-68, but the Bobcats got the stop they needed.
“We’ve emphasized attention to detail, getting stops,” MSU coach Brian Fish said. “Last year we lost a game at Idaho because we were jumping around on defense (on the last possession of regulation) like crickets. Tonight we talked about staying down (on the last defensive possession of the second half). If they were going to hit a shot, they’d have to hit it over us.”
Former Billings Central standout Daniel Meyer scored four points for Omaha.
MSU travels to face Utah State in Logan, Utah, on Monday.